Devastating flash floods in New York and New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida could delay or derail as many as 47,000 pending real estate transactions valued at more than $19.4 billion in those states alone, according to an analysis by ClosingCorp.
ClosingCorp.’s analysis looked at mortgage applications currently being processed by more than 200 lenders in 35 counties in New York and New Jersey that had been expected to close by the end of year.
New Jersey was hit harder than New York, with 30,462 transactions worth $10.7 billion in jeopardy. There were 17,019 transactions worth $8.7 billion at risk in New York, ClosingCorp said.
At the county level, Suffolk County, New York has the most transactions at risk, totalling $1.4 billion, followed by Kings County (Brooklyn), ($1.3 billion) and Bergen County, New Jersey ($1.3 billion).
In federal disaster areas, lenders will typically hold off on funding loans until appraisal re-inspections have been performed. If storm damage reduces a home’s valuation, that can prevent a sale from closing at the agreed upon price.